Igniting an Aviation Flame in the Young

As a parent, there is nothing more satisfying than seeing a tiny spark of excitement light up in the eyes of a child when they experience something for the first time. The Montana AOPA Fly-in gave me and Matt (@wingedaviation) an opportunity to to talk to some of the youngest …

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I Flew Barefoot! Seaplane Flying over Destin

The allure of the ocean calls to me in a similar way that the sky does, probably because I grew on the gulf coast of Florida.  There are few places I’ve traveled to that are as beautiful as it is.

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My 13 Year Olds Discovery Flight

“I’m a little nervous Mom,” Jason said as we pulled up to the airport. “You’ll be fine, just like flying with me; but you get to be the pilot in command today with an instructor by your side.  I’ll be in the back right behind you.” I replied with encouragement. …

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My Private Pilot Checkride Story

It’s taken me longer than I planned to write about my checkride.  I think I was so exhausted that I just needed a little break.  I couldn’t seem to get my thoughts in place to tell you the story. Now I have, and here’s a little taste of that very …

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Skills Assessment: Lesson 2 Flying Again

Tonight I remembered why I fell in love with flying.  The skies were beautiful with the sun setting on the horizon, breathtakingly peaceful.  I’m controlling an airplane at 3,000’ and below, practicing maneuvers I haven’t done in ages.  It feels good again.  I’m remembering and performing each task asked of …

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Flying the Champ: Taildragger Heaven

I walked out to the ramp to begin my preflight on the Champ.  I reached up to run my hand along the wing, and it gave under the light touch of my fingers.  I sucked in my breath and exclaimed, “It’s fabric!” I admired it and was in awe of …

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Flying Again: I’m Back!

Grabbing my flight bag from the truck; I slung it over my shoulder and closed the door.  Turning I stopped and looked at the FBO, took a depth breath and smiled.  I’m back; after two years away, I’m finally back to train again. 

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An FAA email and the Atlanta Warbirds Weekend 2016

The Atlanta Warbirds Weekend 2016, and I had planned on spending it photographing the wonderful warbirds that would be on display again this year for the Commemorative Air Force, Dixie Wing in Atlanta, Georgia.  I had planned this trip for months. I would be doing the aviation photography workshop for …

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Waiting on an FAA Review

What I had hoped to be a simple process of getting cleared to fly again, has met another speed bump on this road called life.  After being declared cancer free by my oncologist, the FAA wasn’t completely convinced, and wanted an MRI of my brain since it was the only …

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Mending a Broken Wing

I can say with some certainty that I understand how a broken winged bird must feel.  Once you’ve tasted flight, felt the wind in your wings, looked down on Earth from a clouds view, how could you live a life grounded for the rest of your days?

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